God is a Gamer – A New Year’s Treat from Kate Hackett

Ya gotta love this one! (In other words, we do, because our Beloved Leader, LB, is still laughing. And he watched it last week.

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Video game addiction: China imposes gaming curfew for minors

God may be a gamer (see the post above), but that doesn’t exactly make online gaming popular in a little country called…um…The People’s Republic of China.

In other words, “Oy!”

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Herbie J Pilato Reflects on Dawn “Mary Ann” Wells

Forever Mary Ann
by Herbie J Pilato

“By the dawn’s early light…”

How fitting that such a musical patriotic pledge of allegiance would include even the slightest reference to the first name of an actress who for decades represented the All-American dream girl.

Dawn Wells, who died at 82 from complications of Covid-19 on December 30, 2020, was from day one as American as apple pie, or more specifically, of the Coconut Cream of the crop selection. That was her dessert of choice when playing the beloved castaway Mary Ann Summers on the TV classic Gilligan’s Island, which originally ran on CBS from 1964 to 1967. read article

‘1917’ Explained by Cinematographer Roger Deakins

Far too many showbiz newcomers don’t seem to understand what cinematographers – also known as Directors of Photography – do. Here, one of the true greats in the field (with 2 Oscars, 5 BAFTAs, and 15 Oscar nominations for Best Cinematographer) gives us the inside scoop.

Here at TVWriter™ we believe it’s especially important to know what every crew member does because it’s the writer’s job to please the crew every bit as much as it’s the crew’s to please the writer.

Larry Brody’s TV Writing Tips & Tricks #7

Even More Characterization – AKA Part Four
by Larry Brody

Even when I don’t have a show in production tons of spec scripts are sent to me. Most are spec screenplays, but both they and the spec teleplays share one common flaw. Their writers are so worried about overwriting that they under write the material and fail to draw the reader into the characters’ state of mind.

Looking for more detailed info on TV Writing? Then this is for you!

If your reader isn’t pulled into the story and made to know and share the feelings of the characters, especially the main characters, then your script isn’t going to work. It won’t appeal to producers or actors or directors, and if by some chance it gets made it will fall flat to the audience. read article